Canberra Hand Centre International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance


Consulting Suites

Peter Yorke Building

Suite 4A, Level 2

173 Strickland Crescent

Deakin ACT 2600


Tel.  02 6185 2705

Fax. 02 6147 0274

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Canberra Hand Centre

Patient Services


Canberra Hand Centre provides assessment and management of all the following conditions:

  • Acute hand & wrist injuries – fractures, dislocations, tendon & nerve injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome & other compressive
  • Sports injuries of the hand & wrist
  • Arthritis of the hand & wrist
  • Tendonitis
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Tumours, lumps, ganglions
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction
  • Tendon transfers for nerve palsy
  • Undiagnosed hand & wrist pain

We work closely with specialist Hand Therapists in the patient’s local area to optimise the results of treatment.

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What is Hand Surgery?

Our hands serve many purposes. Hands help us eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, and do many other activities. To do these tasks and activities, our hands require sensation and movement, such as joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction. When a problem takes place in the hand, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible.

  • Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm.
  • Hand surgeons may be able to care for these problems without surgery, but are specially trained to operate when necessary.
  • Hand surgeons are orthopedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand.

To become members of the Australian Society for Surgery of the Hand, Hand Surgeons must undertake additional training and are only eligible for membership after two years of full time practice in hand surgery and supportive references from senior Hand Surgeon colleagues.

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What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy helps a patient regain maximum use of his or her hand after injury, surgery or the onset of disease. Treatment is provided by a hand therapist, someone who is first trained as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist and then receives additional training in hand therapy.

Hand therapists teach exercises, apply modalities and create custom splints to help the hand heal and protect it from additional injury.

You may be referred to one of the following Hand Therapy practices near your home for regular visits after your injury or surgery.

  • ACT
  • NSW
    • ACT

    • Canberra Hand Therapy
      Peter Yorke Building
      Unit 4B, Level 2, 173 Strickland Crescent Deakin ACT 2600
      Phone: 02 6281 7037
      Ph: 02 6281 7037
    • Flex Out Physiotherapy
      Suite 1, Level 1, Woden Specialist Medical Centre, 90 Corinna St, Woden ACT 2606
      Ph: 02 6282 2728
    • Flex Out Physiotherapy
      Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic, 150 Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
      Ph: 02 6297 3311
    • Hands-On Physiotherapy
      1/43 Mawson Place, Mawson, ACT 2607
      Ph: 02 6286 6467
    • Shoulder2Hand
      Suite 17, Francis Chambers
      40-42 Corinna Street, Phillip ACT 2606
      Ph: 02 6260 4777
    • SportsCare and Physiotherapy
      7A/3 Sydney Ave, Barton ACT 2600
      Ph: 02 6273 6586
    • SportsCare and Physiotherapy
      Ochre Health, Level B, Cnr Allawoona St & Ginninderra Drive, Bruce ACT 2617
      Ph: 02 6273 6586
    • NSW

    • Hand’s On Hand Therapy
      6 Smiths Lane, Nowra NSW 2541
      Ph: 02 4423 4940
    • Hand’s On Hand Therapy
      4 Collins Lane, Kiama NSW 2533
      Ph: 02 4233 2641
    • Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy
      15 Canning St, Bega NSW 2550
      Ph: 02 6492 0023
    • Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy
      3 Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548
      Ph: 02 6495 2281
    • Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy
      The Bombala Street Surgery, 62 Bombala St, Cooma NSW 2630
      Ph: 02 6452 4203
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      Why Visit a Hand Surgeon?

      The hand is a unique area of the human body that is made up of bone, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, skin, and blood vessels. These elements must all be in good working order for the hand to function well. The relationship between all these structures is delicate and refined. An injury or disease can affect any or all of these structures and impair the use of the hand.

      A qualified hand surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat all problems related to these different structures in the hand, wrist, and forearm. 

      Hand surgeons have received specialised additional training in the treatment of hand problems in addition to their Royal Australasian College of Surgeons specialty training in orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, or general surgery.

      Some hand surgeons treat only children, some treat only adults, and some treat both. Common problems treated include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, wrist pain, sports injuries of the hand and wrist, fractures of the hand, wrist, and forearm, and trigger fingers. Other problems treated by hand surgeons include arthritis, nerve and tendon injuries, and congenital limb differences (birth defects).

      Not all problems treated by a hand surgeon need surgery.  Hand surgeons often recommend non-surgical treatments, such as medication, splints, therapy, and injections. Hand surgeons are specialists devoted to hand care.

      If you have pain in your fingers, hand, wrist or arm, or have other upper-extremity related concerns, you may want to consult a hand surgeon.

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